Pontiac Aztek History, Changes, Performance, Models

Friday, January 30th 2015. | Pontiac

Here is a review of the Pontiac Aztek. If we look at the design, the first thing that comes to mind is probably how polarizing it is. The PR team definitely wanted to make sure that people became aware of the series even though it did not take away from the fact that the car did look polarizing. If they cared about what people thought prior to its release, there would never have been it in the first place. The production might have never seen the light of day. There were many ways people used to describe the styling of the car. Some assumed that it was an extreme expression of the post-millennium Pontiac. There were many striking things about the car. The unique lines and proportions were instant drawers. They looked very peculiar. We also like the fact that the car came with a unique body cladding.

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Pontiac Aztek exterior

It was classified as a Minivan. It shared some resemblance with the Chevy venture. It was put in the same category as the Pontiac Montana. They both had unique characteristics. There were some differences, of course. For example, the car had a shorter wheelbase. What was new? It had some significant improvements over the course of its development, one of which was a Hydroformed Engine Cradle. The producer of the car also came up with an all-wheel-drive system. At that time, the system was named after the famous Versatrak. It referred to an automatic setup that distributed power to the rear wheels.

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Pontiac Aztek power output

The Pontiac Aztek has become a classic car. If you want to purchase one, then it is advised to understand the history. Aside from all the aforementioned features, here are more for you to know. The powertrain was pretty decent. It was carried over from the Minivan lineup. As for the particular series, the engine generated 185 hp and 210 pound-feet of torque. It may not sound like a lot, but for the curb weight, the amount of power was pretty capable of moving the car steadily without hassle. It was mated with a four-speed automatic transmission.

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A twist-beam axle appeared on the new series. It supported the work of the rear wheels. The backing track was considered very wide especially when it was compared to the likes of that the old Ford Explorer. Do you still remember the memorable Pontiac Spell? That one had a wide track, too. It was later revived for the Grand Prix. Yes, Aztek really had strong design cues from Pontiac. There was nothing wrong about it. As a matter of fact, the striking resemblance allowed it to provide a sporty ride and compliant handling.

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Pontiac Aztek models

It was available in several models. Buyers were spoiled by many choices, such as four-wheel-drive models. They came with four-wheel discs. The car had a nimble suspension. As for the series, critics found the behavior to be very consistent. You should try it yourself. That was a review of the Pontiac Aztek. It has left its mark in the industry. There are plenty of used Azteks to be found. Grab one for your ride or add it to your collection.

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